• A's pick up Balfour's option, decline Drew's

    Summary of 2 articles · Updated Oct 29, 2012
    General manager Billy Beane all but said when the season ended in a five-game division series loss to the Detroit Tigers this month that he would keep Balfour and do all he could to maintain the current roster. "It's great," Balfour said. "I would like to stay longer. Moving forward, the A's top priority is presumably still Drew, and they must also decide whether to re-sign free agents Jonny Gomes and Brandon McCarthy. The Oakland Athletics exercised their $4.5 million contract option for closer Grant Bal...
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